Krampus (Imperial Helles Lager) | Southern Tier Brewing Company

BA SCORE
88
very good
1,256 Ratings
Krampus (Imperial Helles Lager)Krampus (Imperial Helles Lager)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
southerntierbrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 07-15-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,256
Reviews:
454
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
11.99%
 
 
Wants:
100
Gots:
204
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 1,256 |  Reviews: 454
Photo of nstygles
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RBorsato
4.53/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of thoglund
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of burnstar
4.64/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Honest_Beer_Drinker
1.73/5  rDev -55.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.25

I was really excited to try this. The label says Imperial Helles lager. Which made me interested since it is supposedly lager.
It's not. It's an extra bitter IPA. The label says Pine notes. That's understatement. It smells like pine cleaner and taste like terpentine with bittering agent added to it. the 22oz. bottle was a chore to drink down and was like a visit from Krampus himself in his full anger and wrath.

This is one of those "cool guy" hipster bitter as hell beers that people drink because it's so awful they feel "cultured and defined" drinking it while pretending it taste good. In reality it taste like piss. Kinda smells like piss but if you bottled it with pine cones. It literally had me reaching for my sisters Keystone Ice ( blech) to wash the awful taste of Pine-sol and aspirin out of my mouth. It also gave me and the other person drinking it an awful hops headache.

Have a British guy eat Christmas tree needles for a week and have him urinate in a bucket and you have Southern Tiers Krampus. Again, it literally taste like urine with a pine note and aftertaste.

This beer is a shame on the name Krampus. For starters it taste terrible. Second, it's a British style bitter beer, not a lager by any real definition. Three, Krampus being a Bavarian, Austrian, Alpine character you would think it would be some sort of German style, it's not at all. It's an overly hopped IPA. It's disgusting and I can't stress that enough.

The look, pour, and color are all fantastic. The smell and taste is a big FAIL.

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Photo of Rick778
3.49/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of FBarber
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a completely clear burnt golden color. Thick white head dissipates leaving sticky white lacing but no head. Smell is tons of hops - touch of citrus, pine, cracker malts. Taste follows the nose with those flavors - citrus, pine, cracker malts, finishing with some sweet grassy bitterness. Feel is crisp, heavy from the sweetness, yet drinkable. Overall an interesting beer - its well done - but skews very hoppy.

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Photo of mkh895
4.59/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of philbe311
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PaulSlazinger
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ordybill
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear bright golden orange with a small of- white head. the aroma is full of hops and malt. The taste is floral hops and a nice blend of malt.

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Photo of BethanyB
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: A soft, foamy head of light gold holds itself together on top of a clear-as-day body the color of warm honey. A slender tornado of bubbles swirls below the surface.

Smell: Lots of hops, for even an imperial lager. Apricot, tropical fruit, and a smudge of resin mix well with bready malt and sweet orchard fruit, namely golden apples and pears.

Taste: Surprising medium bitterness lasts from sip to swallow, accompanied by a slight overload of resinous and piney hop flavors. The malt makes a fine attempt to soothe and balance the brew, presenting as sweet, sticky, homemade biscuits. In the end, however, the hops win out. Something special waves from the bottom layers, a bit of cinnamon perhaps, as a secret ingredient.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation and a smooth finish counter the bitterness. Alcohol warming is comforting rather than prickly, actually helping to emphasize the beer's gentler, sweeter side. The texture is luxurious, and cozy in its soft creaminess, a satin/cashmere mix.

Overall: Both creative and balanced, this is a pleasing imperial lager which gives a nod to tradition while also presenting some festive surprises. But the bitterness brings it out of balance, making it more difficult to appreciate the melanoidins and malt complexity.

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Photo of bwbetts
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gobuccos
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fosters9
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of WindUpBird
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful amber with a thin head. Smells of pine and tropical fruit.
The taste is sweet, spicy and boozy with a perfect balance of bitterness. Very nice

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Photo of MrJuengling
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jmg480
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dacrza1
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

DATE: December 2, 2016... OCCASION: having returned from Lenape Valley's title game (loss), time for a consolation glass... GLASSWARE: Schneider's Edel-Weise pokal... pours a transparent golden amber body that releases reasonable bubbles into a clumping, thick, sudsy white head... the two hops work overtime with a tail-whipping strength of resin and citrus... slight caramel embeds in the bread malts... again, those hops! a clean ping resonates with the helles profile... a dry chardonnay body blends with a cider-like sweetness to leave a draw that belies its potency... toasted malts mix with fruity dryness--apple, lemon, fig, and astringent alcohol (slightly reminiscent of cheaper vodka?)... this is powerful--one bottle is enough to both entice another and evoke the buzz of something with proof on its bottle... some heat is produced, and that is a good thing--the imperial nature of the beer demands the drinker asks forgiveness for his year of sinfulness and enjoy the punishment... sweet honey, brisk malts and fruitiness make for a fearful, rewarding experience... Southern Tier, thank you for a lager that celebrates the winter season with its power and glory....

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Photo of SFNC
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TheOakKing
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BB1313
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 10/11/16. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours golden with nice clarity; fluffy eggshell white head that falls leaving great retention and sticky lacing. The aromas have a nice hop presence. Mild hints of garlic and onion. Some subtle tropical notes with some rubber in the mix. Bready malts are there. I know it almost sounds like I'm describing an IPA, but it's definitely a lager. The flavors are very bold and bitter. It's slightly syrupy, but it ultimately remains clean. It's pretty earthy as well. Hints of pine. More bread with some hints of caramel. It finishes slightly warm and spicy. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's fluffy and smooth. It's pretty easy to drink, but makes for a nice sipper.

This is a very nice brew. It might be a little rough around the edges, but everything really comes together. The craftsmanship is impressive and it's fun to drink. Southern Tier is known for some bold imperial beers, and this one is no exception. This one is fitting for this time of year. Well done.

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Photo of BFCarr
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of HermitDan
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Krampus (Imperial Helles Lager) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
3.92 out of 5 based on 1,256 ratings.
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